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Hacks and Tricks to a sharp memory

Memorization comes from repeated recall, not repeated exposure.”

– Mark a McDaniel, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

Our education requires a lot of learning memorizing mass amount of information and concepts. Memorizing for one class can be difficult, but when a student has multiple courses memorizing can be more frustrating. Many students feel they don’t have sharp memory skills. Fortunately, though, memorizing is not only for elite groups who are born with the right skills; anyone can train and develop their memory skills.

Studies have shown that students who use memory skills perform better than those who do not. Memory skills can help the student expand working memory and gain long-term memory. These techniques can also allow the student to remember some concepts for many years or even a lifetime. Ultimately, memory skills like this will lead to understanding and higher levels of thinking.

There are n number of ways we inculcate Memory Skills, at Orphicy.

Alongside the Visual and Spatial Technique, like, Memorable Visual Images, The Memory Palace Technique, Songs and Jingles, The five Senses, and Lively Visual Metaphors or Analogies.We also use some Simple Tips and Tricks, here at Orphicy!

 

 

 

Try to understand the information first.

Organized and meaningful information is easier for the students to memorize. This is how we provide the material to our students.

*Tip: If the student finds that she/he do not understand the material, they must take some time to understand it before trying to memorize it.

Link it.

We teach and push our students to connect the information they are trying to memorize with the information they already know. Isolated material is more difficult to memorize than material related to other concepts.

*Tip: If one can’t think of a way to connect the information to what they already know, make a crazy connection. For example, suppose you are trying to remember the fact that the boiling temperature of water at sea level is 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and that 212 is the first three digits of your best friend’s phone number. Imagine throwing your mobile phone into the boiling ocean and linking the two. This is a crazy link, but it can help you stick to this fact.

Sleep on it.

 

Research shows that one’s brain processes and stores information while they sleep.

*Let’s give it a shot: Try to check the information before going to bed, even if it is only a few minutes, to see if it helps integrate the information into your memory.

Use distributive practice.

To transfer a concept from the student’s temporary working memory to your long-term memory, two things must happen: the concept must be memorable and it must be repeated. Use repetition to store information firmly in your memory. Repetition techniques can include flash memory cards, using the simple techniques in this section, and self-testing.

*Tip: Separate learning and repetition for a few days, and start increasing the time between each learning. Separating it and gradually extending the time between the two can help us more clearly define the domain and fix the concept in place.

Write it out.

Writing seems to help the students to encode the information that they are trying to learn more deeply, because there is a direct connection between our hands and our brain.

*Tips: Try handwriting notes during the conference or handwriting and rearranging notes or information after the conference. When writing a concept that you want to remember, try to express the information out loud and visualize the concept.

 

Create meaningful groups.

 

A good memorizing strategy is to create meaningful groups to simplify the material. For example, suppose a student wants to memorize the names of four plants: garlic, rose, hawthorn, and mustard. The first letter is abbreviated as GRHM, so you can associate it with the GRAHAM cookie image. Now all you need to do is remember to imagine a graham cracker, the name of the plant will be easier to remember.

*Tip: Try creating a meaningful group and connect it with something absolutely crazy link.

 

Use mnemonics.

 

Mnemonics are systems and techniques that make information memorable. A common type is that the first letter of each word in the sentence is also the first letter of each word in the list that needs to be memorized. For example, many children use the phrase, “please forgive my dear Aunt Sally” (parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction) to learn the order of mathematical operations.

*Tip: Keep it interesting for yourself to memorize.

Talk to yourself.

It may seem strange at first glance, but talking to oneself about the material they are trying to memorize, can be an effective memory tool.

*Tip: Try speaking out loud rather than simply highlighting or rereading the information.

Practice interleaving.

 

Interlocking/Interleaving is the idea of mixing or alternating skills or concepts that the student wants to memorize.

*Tip: For example, spend some time memorizing vocabulary for your science class, then immediately switch to learning historical dates and names for your history class. Next, practice some math problems and then go back to the scientific definition. This approach may seem confusing at first glance, but in the end it produces better results than simply spending a lot of time on the same concept.

 

Exercise!

 

 

Seriously! Studies have shown that exercise can improve our memory and learning ability because it helps generate neurons in memory-related areas. Both aerobic exercise and resistance training (weight lifting) have strong effects.

*Tip: So do what suits you best.

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